WCC and ESPN announce telecast schedule

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – As part of their long-term relationship, the West Coast Conference and ESPN have announced that a minimum of 43 men’s basketball games involving WCC schools will air nationally on the ESPN Networks this season during the 2012-13 season.

Eight of BYU’s games this season will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, including: at Baylor (Dec. 21 on ESPN2), vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 29 on ESPNU), vs. Saint Mary's (Jan. 16 on ESPNU), at Gonzaga (Jan. 24 on ESPN2), at Portland (Jan. 26 on ESPNU), at Saint Mary's (Feb. 21 on ESPN2), vs. Gonzaga (Feb. 28 on ESPN2) and at Loyola Marymount (March 2 on ESPNU).

“We are excited to showcase more West Coast Conference basketball than ever before on ESPN Networks,” said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.  “On the heels of a season in which three of our teams played in the NCAA Tournament and five participated in the postseason, the WCC is well-positioned as a national conference.  Our strong relationship with ESPN ensures that fans around the country can experience the quality brand of basketballplayed in the West Coast Conference.”

The West Coast Conference will once again be a centerpiece to ESPN and ESPN2’s Thursday night coverage, with Wednesday and Saturday ESPNU appearances. In all, there will be a total of 20 conference games showcased on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU in 2012-13, including the WCC Basketball Championship quarterfinals (Friday, March 8, ESPNU), semifinals (Saturday, March 9, ESPN2) and the championship game on Monday, March 11 (ESPN or ESPN2). 

The WCC’s national telecast package is highlighted by a pair of clashes between SaintMary’s and Gonzaga – the teams that met in the 2012 WCC championship game. In addition, both teams will face second year conference foe BYU, another 2012 NCAA Tournament team, in nationally-televised showdowns.

In the conference opener, Bay Area rivals collide when San Francisco visits Santa Clara on January 2.

In addition to the conference games, ESPN has announced it will televise eightnon-conference games that are a part of the WCC’s national televisionpackage.  Additional WCC non-conference road games on the ESPN Networks will be announced at a later date.

As the season approaches, check the interactive schedule on WCCsports.com or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter (@WCCsports) for additional non-conference telecasts along with local and regional telecast information from the conference and its member institutions.

2012-13 WCC Basketball on ESPN Networks

Monday, November 12
West Virginia at Gonzaga (Old Spice Classic), 9:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

Thursday, November 22
Saint Mary’s vs. Drexel (Anaheim Classic), 1:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)
Gonzaga vs. Clemson (Old Spice Classic, Orlando), 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Friday, November 23
Saint Mary’s vs. TBD (Anaheim Classic), TBD (TV: ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Gonzaga vs. TBD (Old Spice Classic, Orlando), TBD (TV: ESPN2)

Sunday, November 25
Saint Mary’s vs. TBD (Anaheim Classic), TBD (TV: ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3)
Gonzaga vs. TBD (Old Spice Classic, Orlando), TBD (TV: ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3)

Tuesday, December 4
UNLV at Portland, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Wednesday, December 5
Gonzaga at Washington State, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Saturday, December 8
Portland at Kentucky, 9:00 a.m. (TV: ESPN2)
Illinois at Gonzaga, 7:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, December 15
Gonzaga vs. Kansas State (Seattle), 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Wednesday, December 19
Mississippi at Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Friday, December 21
BYU at Baylor, 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, December 22
San Francisco vs. San Diego State (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i), TBD (TV: ESPNU)

Sunday, December 23
San Francisco vs. TBD (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i), TBD (TV: ESPNU)

Tuesday, December 25
San Francisco vs. TBD (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i), TBD (TV: ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3)

Friday, December 28
Baylor at Gonzaga, 5:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, December 29
Santa Clara at Duke, 9:00 a.m. (TV: ESPN2)
BYU vs. Virginia Tech (Salt Lake City, Utah), 11:00 a.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Monday, December 31
Gonzaga at Oklahoma State, 3:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)
Harvard at Saint Mary’s, 5:00 p.m. (TV ESPN2)

Wednesday, January 2
*San Francisco at Santa Clara, 7:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Thursday, January 10
*Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Wednesday, January 16
*Saint Mary’s at BYU, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Saturday, January 19
Gonzaga at Butler, 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

Thursday, January 24
*BYU at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, January 26
*BYU at Portland, 7:30 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Thursday, January 31
*Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, February 2
*Gonzaga at San Diego, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Thursday, February 7
*Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, February 9
*Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Thursday, February 14
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Wednesday, February 20
*Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Thursday, February 21
*BYU at Saint Mary’s, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Wednesday, February 27
*Saint Mary’s at Pepperdine, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Thursday, February 28
*Gonzaga at BYU, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Saturday, March 2
*BYU at Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Friday, March 8
WCC Basketball Championship Quarterfinal, 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)
WCC Basketball Championship Quarterfinal, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)

Saturday, March 9
WCC Basketball Championship Semifinal, 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)
WCC Basketball Championship Semifinal, 8:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

Monday, March 11
WCC Basketball Championship Final, 6:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN or ESPN2)

*denotes West Coast Conference game

All times listed are Pacific, and subject to change. View the most current interactive schedule on WCCsports.com.